BorgWarner’s UK plant in Margam, South Wales, will supply four-wheel-drive units for the Audi Q7 SUV, due in 2006.
The company says it is a “multi-million” pound contract. More than 30 jobs at the plant will be created because of the deal.
The contract with Audi “should open up potential new business opportunities,” said Simon Spencer, vice president of operations. “It is our ambition to lead the competition and to expand business within the VW/Audi group.”
Margam recently signed a deal to supply Fiat’s and GM’s powertrain units with synchronizer components for manual transmissions. All the new contracts were the result of a campaign to break into the European market, Spencer said.
BorgWarner will invest E6.5 million in Margam to help it meet the Audi order, Spencer said. A
E1.2 million contract to build a new automated assembly and test line has gone to BAW Precision Engineering of South Wales.